About the Works in the Exhibition
Where: Dickerson Gallery, Melbourne Australia
When: 7th February 2007 to early March 2007
Opening Night: 6-8pm 7th February 2007
Address: 2A Waltham St Richmond Victoria 3121
ph: (03)9429 1569 fax: (03)9429 9415
Outsized and striking, the works of Nicholas Hutcheson construct interior
landscapes from vestiges of skin, bone and bark – simultaneously
familiar and surprising. Hutcheson’s strong gestural line and deft
use of colour produces arresting and unsettling works of complexity and
In the series of paintings - ‘Vessels’, the human form is
filled with shapes and contour lines, intersections and boundaries, becoming
a fleshy container. Deposited layers of drawing, colour and texture are
eroded to expose anatomical landscapes overlaid with the patina of time.
Addition and subtraction shape the process: surfaces of oil paint are
exposed to fire, scraped back and chiselled away, pencil lines and raw
pigment are laid down in a cycle which continues over and again.
Earlier works (produced after travelling through South America and Australia’s
arid outback) respond to the mummies of the Atacama desert and the remains
of animals and trees. Preserved in aridity, the desiccated forms come
to resemble the geography and geology of the land itself: layers of strata
contoured by the millennia.
Hutcheson gives us trees shedding bark alongside the disinterred remains
of a 15th-century Inca girl – and reveals the beauty beneath the
surface of skin.
Born in Buckinghamshire, England, Hutcheson studied at Bristol Art School
in the 1990’s and since graduating has exhibited widely throughout
the UK and in Australia. After extensive travels through South America,
Hutcheson came to Australia in 2003. Nicholas currently makes Melbourne
Last year Hutcheson received the prestigious Bundanon Residency spending
6 weeks at Arthur Boyd's property on the Shoalhaven River in NSW.